Being the youngest of 5 daughters, I’ve seen my fair share of bridal showers. Recently I’ve helped plan bridal showers for two of my sisters, so I was excited and ready to have one of my own.
I’ve always loved bridal showers because (usually) its an all-female affair. It’s hard not to get excited about being a wife when you’re surrounded by so many women, most of whom are married themselves! Aunts, cousins, grandmas, moms, sisters, best friends — they’re all there to celebrate YOU and this next chapter of your life. It’s a beautiful thing with so much love and support in the air.
My style tends to fall heavily on the feminine side so it’s no surprise that my shower was full on GIRLY. The theme was “donuts and tea with the bride to be! A bridal shower tea party celebrating Severina”. I basically just combined my favorite things: donuts, flowers, and organized parties with gal pals. The result was a tea party!
I was very involved in the planning of my own bridal shower because, well I’m a bit of a control freak.. :-) Not full on bridezilla (at least not yet) but I definitely knew exactly what I wanted.
Once I decided on the tea party theme I had a vision of mix-matched tea cups at each table, beautiful floral arrangements, and like any good tea party — finger sandwiches. Luckily I had my momma and my sisters to help turn my vision into a reality. Plus a couple of very talented friends (shoutout Katie @ The Flower Stand and Nicci from Confectious Pastry Shop) to add a little flair with their skills.
Designed by yours truly, with lots of pink and original floral illustrations. Something I’ve been into recently for less formal invites is putting designs on the front and back of everythang. On this suite I put “Love is Brewing” on the back of the main invite to bring in the tea theme and a little “S&B” design on the detail/registry card to mimic the main invite. I also included a blank (*matching*) recipe card so each of my guests could share their favorite recipe with me. Now I have a whole arsenal of delicious recipes! Hopefully this will make me a better cook, but no promises.
Each place setting had a tea cup and saucer, as well as a tiny mini cake stand just big enough to fit a donut hole. SO how did I collect 45 tea cups and saucers? Well first we raided my mom’s china cabinet and my grandma’s house. That got us about 12 sets lol. After that, we just scoured every Home Goods in a 20 mile radius — ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I also found a ton of BEAUTIFUL full tea sets at local antique stores but they were $$$$ compared to what we found at Home Goods. If I had a smaller guest count, I definitely would’ve splurged on some vintage tea sets, but I needed 45 tea cups. I also checked with the event rental company I’m using for my wedding, but each pair’s cup and saucer weren’t guaranteed to match. Plus they were still more expensive to rent, rather just buying matching cups and saucers.
Let’s talk about the FLOWERS. My friend Katie, owner and florist of The Flower Stand Laguna, absolutely NAILED it with the floral arrangements at each table. So SO beautiful and feminine, all the guests were gushing over them. I cannot wait to see what masterpieces she creates for my wedding!
Well, donuts, donuts, and more donuts: donut holes at each place setting and two donut towers on the dessert table. But don’t worry we had enough “real food” to balance out all the sweets. We had an assortment of finger sandwiches (the turkey and brie was my fave) and several nice, light salads. Some of the sandwiches were even cut into heart shapes because after all we’re celebrating LOVE here people <3
Another one of my talented, entrepreneurial friends, Nicci, founder and baker at Confectious Pastry Shop, made the cutest (and tastiest) cookies that went perfectly with the girly, floral theme.
THE GAMES & PARTY FAVORS:
We played your typical shower games. Typical, but classic nonetheless.
• How old were the bride and groom?: Put together a poster board full of childhood pics of the bride and groom, guests have to guess the ages and the guest with the most correct answers wins a prize!
• Guess how many kisses for the soon to be Mrs.: Get a cute jar and fill it with Hershey’s kisses; the guest who guesses closest to the actual number of kisses wins the jar and all the chocolate.
• Date Night Ideas: Have all your guests fill out a blank card with a fun date night idea! You might get some fun ones you never thought of! ….Or a scandalous suggestion from your grandmother…. (she wrote STRIP POKER).
• How well do you know the bride?: This was a fun little game full of trivia questions about me / my relationship with Blake — kind of a fun way for Blake’s relatives to get to know me better!
PARTY FAVORS: We put together loose leaf tea in a glass container, with a heart-shaped tea steeper, and a little tag that said “love is brewing”.
It was an absolutely perfect day! All the details came together the way I envisioned and I had a blast with all my guests. It was the best bridal shower tea party a gal could ask for!
I hope you enjoyed this little round up and maybe got some inspo for your own shower! Are you planning a shower? What’s the theme? Let me know in the comments below!